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Mary A. Mitchell is an editorial board member and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a recipient of numerous journalism awards, including the prestigious …

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Missing women should have been on cops’ radar: Mitchell

It shouldn’t have taken a “confession” for law enforcement in Northwest Indiana to find the link between seven missing women.

Groups raise concerns over Beverly incident

Members of the “Unity in Diversity,” and “South Siders for Peace” — both highly respected organizations in Beverly ­— are raising questions about how the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office handled an alleged attack in that neighborhood.

Chants were mean, disgusting outside debate at DuSable: Mitchell

Right outside of the DuSable Museum — in earshot of some of most respected and well-known black folks in the city — protesters stood in the rain shouting profanities. The chants weren’t just mean; they were disgusting.

Mitchell: Cancer can leave your body, linger in soul

Chances are if you are a woman, one day you will wear a pink ribbon. You won’t wear it because pink is still your favorite color. Last year, an estimated 232,340 women in the U.S. were told they had invasive breast cancer, and another 64,640 women were told they had non-invasive breast cancer.

Woman claims workers used coercion to separate her from toddlers

It is hard to imagine a more dysfunctional child welfare system than the one described in a federal lawsuit filed last week against the Illinois Department of Children Family Services, the Children’s Home + Aid, and 10 child welfare workers.

CTU members joining big crowd in Ferguson

Gregory Koger, an ex-convict and former gang member, didn’t sugarcoat why thousands of people would be in Ferguson, MO over the weekend. “They [protesters] are shutting that city down,” he told an audience that attended last Wednesday’s panel discussion on police brutality at Chicago State University.

Jesse Jackson turned 73 and is still on his mission

When a black man turns 73 years old, it is definitely time for a big celebration. But the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who turned 73 on Wednesday, opted for a subdued observance to mark his milestone.

It takes more than good intentions to make mentoring work

“Sometimes the contradictions in their lives are so intense they seem manufactured for teaching life lessons, but it’s hard to keep up with what you’re supposed to be learning in that terrible moment between defiance and despair . . .”― Pearl Cleage, I Wish I …

Why was man accused of killing 9-year-old Antonio Smith on the street?

I don’t get why the man accused of killing 9-year-old Antonio Smith was on the street. Derrick Allmon, 19, had already been convicted for “aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a gang member” and was on parole. He served 21 months of a three-year …

Alabama judge accused of abusing wife should get same attention as NFL players: Mitchell

Could someone please call Gloria Allred? While the media spotlight has been trained on the NFL’s clumsy handling of Ray Rice’s domestic violence case, a more egregious case is right under her nose.

Emanuel is missing a larger issue with school name

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision not to name a high school planned for the North Side in honor of President Barack Obama may keep the president’s name out of a nasty re-election campaign. But it won’t stop the mayor’s opponents from using the issue as part of the “tale of two cities” narrative that has grown since Emanuel’s was elected in 2011.

Ferguson controversy prompts activists to protest Chicago shootings

Whether local police brutality accusations are a reflection of the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., that some have dubbed the “Ferguson Effect,” or something else, African-Americans are claiming with increased urgency that police are shooting “unarmed” or “compliant” suspects.

Mitchell: Charge against Adrian Peterson redefines child abuse

Adrian Peterson, who acknowledged his father whooped him as a child, is being punished for a behavior that was widely accepted in black culture. According to Peterson, he disciplined his son for fighting by getting a branch from a tree, pulling off the leaves, and striking the child on his legs, arms and behind. That’s a whooping all right.

Smoke detectors are key to helping families survive fires: Mitchell

The tragic fire that killed four children last week in Roseland is a bitter reminder that the city can’t always protect us from negligent landlords. Eri’ana Smith, 7; Shamarion Coleman, 12; Carlvon Clark, 13, and Carliysia Clark, 15, may have died because there were no working smoke detectors in the second floor apartment where they lived. But there were smoke detectors in the hallway.

Rev. James Meeks on backing Bruce Rauner: Blacks have to shake up Democratic Party

There were two things I knew for certain about my late father. He was going to root for the underdog. And he was going to vote Democratic. The Democrats are for the working class, and the Republicans are for the wealthy, he would say whenever …

Firing Ray Rice is not the answer: Mitchell

A video of the Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice punching his then fiancée so hard that he knocks her unconscious repulses us — as it should. But the N.F.L.’s handling of this domestic violence incident is likely to do a lot more harm to this family than the punch.

Emanuel’s lack of outrage on Police Cmdr. Evans’ case highlights gap: Mary Mitchell

The way Mayor Rahm Emanuel reacted publicly to misconduct allegations against Chicago police Cmdr. Glenn Evans shows he doesn’t have a clue about what it will take to rebuild trust between cops and the black community.